Ever heard the phrase "If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life?"
Well, now you have, and that's where I'm at. Although technically retired (who wouldn't enjoy that job?) as you can tell by this blog and my foray into my newly titled position of "Wine Ambassador" I am far from retired.
We all have our own enjoyment in life. It might be family, travel or our pets, or even as the first sentence starts out our job. For me, my family (good place to say how blessed I am for my sister, son and daughter) and wine are right at the top. For purposes of keeping on topic, for now, I'll stick with wine.
So what makes me so happy, especially right now? (Here it comes) Well, let me tell you.
In the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to "get back into the game" big time. A number of local distributors have started their Spring tastings. Rolling out their wines for those in the industry to sample. Be it new wines in their inventory or new vintages either recently released or soon to be so. For me, it is truly the "Kid in the Candy Store" moment. Wines from around the world, labels I have both seen and those yet to be discovered. Even a chance to sample some of the great wines, even those of "cult" status.
These events have given me months of my "Wine of the Week" possibilities. So many that I may have to mesh a couple together each week. That's just what I'm doing this time.
Having so many wines and wineries to choose from made this a very difficult decision as to what wines to showcase first. But I finally made the decision to start with a relatively new winery but one that has already established itself as a "cult" winery. This winery has attained this status not through location or celebrity status. No, this winery, and their wines come from hard work and a proven team that has shown that they deserve this status.
Accendo Cellars had their first vintage in 2013. Producing Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. (See why I chose them, two of my favs). This winery founded by Greg and Daphne Araujo (yes, of the Araujo Estate Wines) and using the same team that produced Araujo wines, continued their success. As quoted from their own website: "The collective knowledge and experience of professionals like winemakers Françoise Peschon (1993) and Nigel Kinsman (2010), oenologist Michel Rolland (1999), viticulturist Steve Matthiasson (2006), and vineyard manager Pete Richmond (2001) are integral to their winemaking success." They also recognize ALL of their staff for their commitment to the winery, to me that says a lot about them. The team at Accendo Cellars are the tangible attributes that make their wine worthy. To read more about Accendo Cellars, click here.
With over 20 years with Araujo and Eisele Estates, their new project starts off with, and excuse the astronomical reference, a Big Bang! I had the pleasure, nay, honor to taste their 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. If that wasn't enough, siblings and second generational Araujo's, Greg and Jaime, were the ones pouring their wines. "Can this get any better?"
No surprise to me, their Sauvignon Blanc was extraordinary. With a hint of oak from the hand-harvested grapes and using whole cluster pressing, the tropical fruit flavors and a delicate minerality made this a wine I didn't want to put down. With twin 94 Point ratings from Wine Advocate and Vinous Media, I would concur with their assessment of the wine. Click here for tech sheet.
Not to be outdone, and able to continue with the "cult" status, the 2014 Cabernet, sourced from both Rutherford and Oakville Districts in Napa, was a mouthful of lush dark fruit, a lingering of spice and earthiness culminating in a long finish that makes you crave more. No surprise, this wine garnered twin 95 Point reviews from the same reviewers. You don't have to guess, I concur. Click here for tech sheet.
After all that, and if I've convinced you to rush out and pick up either wine, be aware that both wines are highly allocated. With an estimated price for the Sauvignon Blanc at $60 and around $350 for the Cab, those attributes mentioned above make the wines deserving of their cost.
Accendo : to kindle, illuminate, inflame, arouse.
With hundreds of more wines that I have and will taste, I can assure you a wealth of "Wine of the Week" posts, and, not to worry, many with price points for everyday needs. Right now though, I'm that "Kid in a Candy Store."